My Treasure Chest of Thoughts

Tammy Gillmore: Reader, Writer, Thinker, Believer, Achiever

My Treasure     Chest     of      Thoughts

Poem 12: To the Birthday Boy

April 12, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today’s NaPoWriMo’s Challenge:  a “replacement” poem. Pick a common noun for a physical thing, for example, “desk” or “hat” or “bear,” and then pick one for something intangible, like “love” or “memories” or “aspiration.” Then Google your tangible noun, and find some sentences using it. Now, replace that tangible noun in those sentences with your intangible noun, and use those sentences to create (or inspire) a poem.

Instead of this poem, I wrote a poem for my brother whose birthday is tomorrow.

To Many More

It’s your birthday!
So just let me say…
You are the best brother ever
(Nor will we mention you are the only one, however)!

This must be number 46.
This is easy for me to predict
Since you and I were nearly twins,
But fortunately the older date I win
And also in age, height, and hair,
In all else, I declare…
It’s your birthday,
Today, you simply must rank
In looks, smarts, and humor, too!
Wishing you, all the day through…
A HaPpy Birthday.
May all great wishes come your way!



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Poem #11: No Drink Needed

April 11, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today’s NaPoWriMo’s Challenge:   write about wine-and-love. Of course, you may have no love of wine yourself, in which case you might try an anti-Anacreontic poem. Happy writing!


No Drink Needed

Love I have
With many in my life.

Appreciation I have
For many in my life.

The husband:
My true love.
My best friend.
My rock.

The daughter, son, and daughter:
All three.
All individual.
All growing, maturing, becoming.

The siblings:
Judy, the older.
Janet, the tweener.
Joe, the baby.
All J’s.
All the same.
All different.

My peers.
They challenge me.
They support me.
They encourage growth in me.

My church family.
My spiritual moms, dads.
My spiritual brothers, sisters.
My friends.

My neighbors.
Many family.
Much support from all.

Loved I am.

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Poem #10: Giving of You

April 10, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today’s NaPoWriMo’s Challenge:   write your own advertisement-poem. You don’t need to advertise Burma-Shave. Any product (or idea) will do. Perhaps you could write a poem advertising poetry? It certainly could use the publicity!

Giving of You

Give the gift of life
By signing on the line.
Your designated time we will note,
For which you may gloat.
Five lives you will save.
This day for being brave,
We brag on you.
As your good deeds accrue,
Don’t forget to add this good deed
To your resume, reflecting appeasing others’ needs.

Feel good
For giving as you should?

For giving the gift of life
On April 15,
When all good deeds are definitely seen.

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Poem #9: My Inspiration

April 9, 2014 · No Comments · National Poetry Month, Poetry

Today’s NaPoWriMo’s Challenge:  take any random song play list (from your iPod, CD player, favorite radio station, Pandora or Spotify , etc.) and use the next five song titles on that randomized list in a poem.

My Inspiration

“Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone”

Free from the past,
Liberated at last.

“Behold the Lamb”

Thanks to the price,
He gave all so precise.

“Cast My Cares”

He asks me to trust;
This now, for me, is a must.

“Come Just As You Are”

My choice:  He my all.
My sins never to recall.

“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

This journey I will make
My salvation secure because of his stake.

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Poem #8

April 8, 2014 · No Comments · National Board, National Poetry Month

Today’s Challenge Topic:  rewrite a famous poem, giving it your own spin. While any famous poem will do, if you haven’t already got one in mind, why not try your own version of Cesar Vallejo’s Black Stone Lying on a White Stone? If you’re not exactly sure how such a poem could be “re-written,” check out this recent poem by Stephen Burt, which riffs on Vallejo’s.

Since this topic did not speak to me, here’s one of my own…









John Dudley.


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Poem #7: Blue for You

April 6, 2014 · No Comments · National Poetry Month, Poetry, Uncategorized

Today Poetic Challenge Topic:   write a love poem . . . but the object of the poem should be inanimate. You can write a love poem to your favorite pen, the teddy bear you had as a child (and maybe still have), or anything else, so long as it’s not alive!

Blue for You

Everyone knows you are mine,
on which I recline.

Together, you and I,
through glorious, gallant moments,
through daunting despair.
Always there.

Hours spent

From A to Z,
always there you are for me.

Here, I now sit, typing this poem
in the comfy cushions of your blue leather.
Thank you.


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Poem #6: A View Obtained

April 6, 2014 · No Comments · National Poetry Month, Poetry

Today’s Challenge Topic:  Take a good look outside your window. Spend a minute or so jotting down all the nouns you see outside. Tree. Car. Bus. Dog. Then spend a minute or so writing down all the colors you see. Finally, think about what is taking place outside. Is the wind blowing? “Blow.” Is someone walking their dog? “Walk.” Spend a minute or so writing down these verbs. Now you’ve got a whole list of words from which to build a poem, mixing and matching as you go.


A View Obtained

Trees with just a itsy bit of golden color,
gently swaying with the wind,
a gentle whisper, hinting of spring.

Those wild green onions,
begging to be cut,
their aroma to release.

The unbroken dull tan garden,
covered with last year’s overgrowth,
this year’s harvest awaiting the plow, the disk, the  harrow.

A lane, chat-covered in part,
leading to destinations of tomorrow,
a symbol of loss and gain.

Skies of blue and white,
echoing God’s  mercy and grace,
the hope for beauty between the storms.

Horses, Moe and Joe, nearly identical
grazing on new  growth,
masters of the annual Christmas hayride.

The yard.

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Poem 5: Satisfying Solitude

April 5, 2014 · No Comments · National Poetry Month, Poetry

Today’s topic challenge:  write a “golden shovel.” This form was invented by Terrance Hayes in his poem, The Golden Shovel. The last word of each line of Hayes’ poem is a word from Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem We Real Cool. You can read Brooks’ poem by reading the last word of each line of Hayes’ poem!

My inspirational poem:  ”The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams

Satisfying Solitude

This is my day, so
 off to work the man and daughter go much.

What I accomplish first depends,
determined by stipulations upon
which I declare a
multitude of books red,
blue, and green, with a wheel,
with a load of narratives, a  barrow
full of adventures and sorrows 

Then, time for a walk with
God’s creatures, smelling the hint of rain,
wishing for just a drink of water.

Later, sitting down beside
my man, a dinner prepared for the
two of us, consisting of eggs white
provided by our very own chickens.


Explained here, the poem’s inspiration came from a personal encounter with a sick little girl.  I love the symbolism, the hope.

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Poem #4: The Riddle

April 4, 2014 · No Comments · National Poetry Month, Poetry

Today’s prompt:  write a lune; let’s try the version developed by Jack Collum. His version of the lune involves a three-line stanza.

  • The first line has three words.
  • The second line has five.
  • Third line has three. 

You can write a poem that consists of just one stanza, or link many lune-stanzas together into a unified poem.

The Riddle

Spring is here.
Inspired by Frost we are.
Robert, that is.

His poems delight,
Giving us riddles to solve,
Reflecting, noticing, solving.

Nature’s first green?
The answer do you have?
Hint: gold’s involved.

The answer where?
Shout out when you know.
I will wait.


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Poem #3: A SSB Charm

April 3, 2014 · No Comments · National Poetry Month, Poetry

Today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo:  write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme.

Throughout the month of April, my seniors are creating a presentation for a Senior Seminar Board, their final presentation before graduating.  In their honor, this poem I did write.

A Senior Seminar Board Charm

Gather a template for a resume.
Add a job ad today.

Sift sources for evidence.
Stir in definitions to take residence.

Pinch words an outline to create.
Then, add a dash of color in a multimedia state.

Gather images of self in reflection.
Repeat skeleton of words,
Saying them to perfection.

Add confidence, a smile, and  professional dress.
Bake all for 2-4 minutes, no less.

Now from this class you will graduate,
For an A you will make.

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